VIDEO PREMIERE: “HARD TIMES” by WINSTONS

It’s been almost two years since we heard from Brooklyn-based Winstons, one of our most favorite garage-rock duos and all-around purveyors of electrified badassery. Way too long, y’all! Today, Lou Nutting and Ben Brock Wilkes are back with a crunchy new video, “Hard Times,” a track from their self-titled debut full-length LP, out March 1st (“Hard Times”…

#tbt: GREYHOUNDS at THE BASEMENT

In most music circles, Greyhounds are typically pegged solely as a blues outfit. However, even a cursory listen across the group’s many albums quickly reveals the band’s broader influences, spanning from jazz, soul, southern swamp, and a touch of twangy roots. Touring in support of their most recent album, Cheyenne Valley Drive, the band blazed…

WORD ASSOCIATION with BISHOP GUNN

With its eleven powerful tracks that pay tribute to the swampy southern blues of their origin, edged with gut-punching rock n’ roll, mostly Mississippi-based outfit Bishop Gunn’s new album Natchez, named for their hometown, represents the sound of the South as they know it. The band is made of Natchez sons Travis McCready (lead vocals),…

PREMIERE: “PEACE OF MIND” by BROTHER MAN

At East of 8th, we do our best to feature the most exciting new alternative offerings taking over the digisphere at any moment, from alt-pop to alt-folk and everything in between. In my heart of hearts, however, I love straight up blues-inspired guitar-driven rock n’ roll. Bands like Austin’s Black Pistol Fire, Brooklyn-based Winstons, and…

PREMIERE: “NOT GONNA RUN” by TONEY ROCKS

Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Toney Rocks is a fighter. In fact, the rootsy blues man has purposely placed himself in challenging situations just so he can fight his way out of them. “I’m so used to it,” he admits. “If it’s too easy I don’t feel comfortable, which isn’t necessarily the greatest approach to have.” It…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SCREAMIN’ JOHN & TD LIND

Life is a funny thing, isn’t it? We make lots of plans, and they rarely work out the way we imagine—the shortest distance between two points is a straight line…but what if the journey is a circle? Case in point—the story of Screamin’ John Hawkins & TD Lind. “In 1992, I was with a label,…

PREVIEW: JJ GREY & MOFRO at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 10/7/17

JJ Grey, avid surfer, part-time pecan farmer, and adversary of fire ants everywhere, will bring his legendary fire to Marathon Music Works on Saturday, October 7th. Since the late 1990s, the Florida native and his band, Mofro, have torn up the highways on a consistent basis, spreading their signature style of good-time, funky, blues-infused swamp…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with NANCY WILSON of ROADCASE ROYALE 

“It was the explosion of The Beatles entering the scene when I was a little kid that prompted me to start playing guitar, to be a musician, to be in a rock band,” recalls music pioneer and all-around legend Nancy Wilson, who rose to fame as co-frontwoman of rock powerhouse Heart four decades ago, and…

ALBUM REVIEW: “DEADBEAT GRAFFITI” by BLACK PISTOL FIRE

If you haven’t yet heard of Black Pistol Fire, you should—but even if you haven’t, that probably won’t be true for very much longer. From their energetic festival appearances to the unexpected artistry that you hear on each new release, this Canada-bred Austin, Texas-based duo, composed of guitarist/vocalist Kevin McKeown and drummer Eric Owen, will…

PREVIEW: THE RECORD COMPANY at LIVE ON THE GREEN on 9/2/17

“The first time you go overseas, and you’re playing in France, or England, and people are singing your songs—for a guy who couldn’t get people to sing his songs in his own hometown for most of his life, that’s a mind-blower,” recalls The Record Company’s Chris Vos in a rare moment of reflection. “Having our…